Resourceful 龍 Cowl

Craft: Knitting
Category: Neck / Torso → Cowl
Published: March 2020
Suggested yarn:

  • mYak Baby Yak Medium
  • Harrisville Designs nightshades
  • Fully Spun Original DK
  • From Me To Yarn Dreamboat DK

Yarn weight: DK (11 wpi) ?
Gauge: 18 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches
Needle size: US 9 – 5.5 mm
Yardage: 466 – 500 yards (426 – 457 m)
Language: English



Choose What You Pay: In an attempt to make my patterns more accessible and at the same time have fair pricing, I’ll be using a Choose What You Pay model for this pattern. I have provided a “true” price that I find to be fair for the labor that went into this pattern and the codes below for financial flexibility. You can choose what you are able to pay while honoring my work (and of other makers).

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LONG1 – Pay $5.00

LONG2 – Pay $3.00

LONG3 – Pay $2.00

This model is experimental, so feel free to comment/message me any helpful input and I’ll get back to you when I can.

“What’s the best part of me?” said by an Instagram Story filter (credit to @justinwlaurent).

“Your Resourcefulness.”

And that was how part of the name of this cowl came to be. For the second half of the name, the swirling pattern reminded me of an ascending serpent leaving behind a twister. Also, I’m born in the year of the Dragon (龍) and felt quite resourceful using up all my yarn with no to little leftovers.

The cowl is knitted in the round and is seamed to create a tall single-wrap cowl, which takes about 200g of DK weight yarn.

Go through your stash and use whatever you have, whether it’s a bunch of sock yarn (just hold it double) or a couple of DK weight skeins, to create this squishy cowl. (Warning, takes you to Ravelry) #stashbusting

Techniques Used:
Slip stitch
Stranded colorwork for the 3-color cowl.
Invisible Grafting OR Three Needle Bind off
Provisional Cast-on (optional)
Chart reading (optional)

Helpful Links:
Provisional Cast On
Provisional Cast On with Judy’s Magic Cast On – Thanks to one of my tester, she uses this so that you don’t need any scrap yarn! When casting on, the stitches stay on hold with spare circular needles or a cable from an interchangeable set.
Three Needle Bind Off
Invisible Grafting

Feel free to look up other tutorials to help you with these techniques.


~200g (466 – 500 yards) TOTAL of DK/light worsted weight:

100g (231 – 250 yards) of C1

100g (235 – 250 yards) of C2
50g (125 yards) of C2 and C3 EACH

Sample one: 1 skein of Harrisville Nightshade “Fever Dream” (250 yards), 1 skein of mYak medium “Burgundy” and 1 skein of mYak medium “Mustard” (125 yards each)

Sample two: 1 skein of From Me to Yarn Dreamboat DK “Diatom” (231 yards) and 1 skein of Fully Spun Original DK “Mutant Tulip” (235 yards)

Thanks to my testers for helping me! (Warning – The following links take you to Ravelry pages) knitboopmelanieripleyjpshermanrsotom Maddie, stephirivTheCraftyPenguin7, and classicalmom3!

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